The mission and purpose of the Juvenile Justice Commission is to advocate for a quality system of care for involved juvenile offenders; and the Delinquency Prevention Commission is to promote the development of quality services, employment opportunities, and resources for juveniles.
Creating healthy communities in Mendocino County that value and support youth and work together to support and provide services, education, social activities and employment to reduce juvenile crime and recidivism.
What is the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission?
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission (JJDPC) is chartered by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors (County Ordinance No. 8.20.010) and mandated by the State of California (WIC 225 & 233). The role of the JJDPC is multi-faceted:
- Oversee juvenile justice facilities in the county to ensure that juveniles residing at any county institution or publicly operated juvenile institution are treated fairly and are living in conditions that are safe and clean, and provide healthy food, support and encouragement
- This function of the Commission requires yearly inspections of such facilities.
- Support and encourage individuals, organizations, and institutions that further the work of providing effective, evidence-based practices to help youth stay out of the juvenile justice system
- Encourage coordination and integration of services where possible
- Enhance opportunities for youth success at school and in the community
- John Azzaro, 36 year resident of Mendocino County, a CASA volunteer with a 40 year background in business, and a life-long interest in criminal justice
- Sharon Govern, Mendocino County resident living in Ukiah since 1994; Administrative Director for Redwood Children's Services, Inc. since 2001
- Libbe Madsen, was a clinical social worker in New York for almost 30 years before returning to California. She is now a mental health counselor at Laytonville High School and a volunteer in local programs that promote a healthy community.
- Edward Mann, a retired social worker, served as a foster parent, group home director, child welfare worker and social worker supervisor in Contra Costa and Mendocino counties
- Noel O´Neill, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist who is currently the Behavioral Health Director in Trinity County. He is a resident of Willits
- Chair -- Gary Levenson-Palmer, native Californian, resident of Manchester, retired California State Department of Social Services manager with over 35 years of experience in child welfare, foster care programs
- Kate C. Gaston, Kate is a native Californian, now residing in Mendocino County after developing programs and conducting evaluations in multiple states and nationally for many years in mental health and juvenile justice.
- Dolli Rose, Assistant Director of the Indian Child and Family Preservation Program (ICFPP) for the past eight years. The ICFPP is a non-profit agency that provides Indian Child Welfare Act services to its Consortium membership that includes the following Tribes: Coyote Valley, Lytton, Manchester-Point Arena, and Stewarts Point. Dolli has lived in and around Mendocino County for 15 years; she is a member of the Karuk Tribe.
- Brel Froebe lives in Little River, CA, and runs the Mendocino County Teen Peer Court, a restorative justice diversion program for juvenile offenders. Brel holds a M.A. in Urban Education and Social Justice, and his work focuses on youth empowerment, ending the "school to prison pipeline", and restorative justice. He works for the Arbor Youth Resource Center and facilitates conflict resolution groups at local schools.
- Ariela Marshall was born and raised in California but spent fifteen years living and traveling abroad. She has worked for the Mendocino County Youth Project in various roles since 2009, mainly in teen crisis counseling and resiliency-building through expressive arts. She currently lives in Fort Bragg and is coordinating the Coastal Teen Peer Court along with Brel Froebe.
- Other members of the Commission include: Mendocino County Superior Court Judges: Honorable David Riemenschneider and Honorable Clay Brennan; Mendocino County Supervisor: Dan Gjerde; Mendocino County Juvenile Hall Division Manager: Brady Bechtol; Mendocino County Acting Supervising Deputy Probation Officer: Jack Wann; Ukiah Police Chief: Chris Dewey; Commission Secretary: Reba Johnson.
Our Focus for 2017
- Maintain focus on mentoring
- Perform our inspections in a timely manner
- Recruit new Commissioners
- Work closely with Juvenile Probation, and continue to advocate for youth in whatever setting they find themselves.
- Support Teen Peer Court as a viable deterrent for juvenile crime
- Continue to support youth led and youth focused organizations
- Support efforts to curtail truancy and meet with the DA regarding the SARB process.
The Commission Meets the Third Friday of the Month 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the Probation Conference Room — 589 Low Gap Road, Ukiah CA 95482. Members of the public are welcome. Please let us know in advance if you plan to attend.
For more information, call (707) 467-8257 or email JJDPC@mendocinocounty@org